4 Ways to Open a Pomegranate

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4 Ways to Open a Pomegranate
4 Ways to Open a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are a tasty and nutritious fruit, but opening them can be a challenge.

Fortunately, there are some simple techniques for opening this delicious fruit. If you just want to eat it, it might be easier to cut a few thin slices with a knife and just cut it open from there. If you want to remove the seeds, you can cut it in half and immerse it in water or beat it with a spoon.


Method 1 of 4: Cutting It Vertically

Step 1. Roll the pomegranate onto the cutting board to soften the seeds

Flatten your hand and press it onto the fruit with firm pressure, pushing it as you roll it over the surface of the cutting board.

This will make the removal of the seeds much easier


if your countertop is clean, you might prefer to roll the fruit over it instead of using the cutting board.

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Step 2. Position the pomegranate in the middle of the cutting board

Use a plastic or wooden cutting board when opening. As fruit juice stains just about everything, it can be helpful to even protect the cutting board with a cloth.

Also, it is important to wear rubber gloves when cutting so as not to stain your fingers

Step 3. Cut off the top (the flower) of the pomegranate

The top of the fruit is also called a flower. Use a knife to cut out this part, where the stalk bulge still remains. Then take it off like a lid and dispose of it in the trash or for composting.

You can also take the base of the pomegranate, but this step is completely optional

Step 4. Cut the pomegranate in half, towards the edges

Look inside the fruit and find the natural divisions that separate the seeds and have a whitish color - they are the edges. Align the knife with the most central one and cut from top to bottom.

You should not cut the seeds, just the white portions that make up the border

Step 5. Cut each edge to create five slices for easier consumption

Run the knife through each white barrier inside the pomegranate, which separates the seeds. This will create five slices connected by the base. Pull each one to eat the seeds.

  • You can remove the seeds with a spoon or by hand. The white portion is bitter and stringy, so it's best to avoid eating it.
  • The open pomegranate will look like a flower or star.


you may want to cut the base to prevent the slices from sticking together.

Step 6. If you want to remove the seeds, open the pomegranate at once

Use your hands to carefully tear the fruit into halves. They do not need to be symmetrical, depending on where the edge was found inside.

Method 2 of 4: Cutting Sideways

Step 1. Roll the pomegranate onto the cutting board to soften the seeds

Flatten your hand and press it onto the side of the fruit with firm pressure, pushing it firmly as you roll it over the surface of the clean cutting board.

This will make the removal of the seeds much easier

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Step 2. Place the pomegranate on its side on the cutting board

Position it so that the fuller side is facing down, with both ends facing outward. You can put a towel underneath as the juice can stain.

It's a good idea to wear rubber gloves as pomegranate can stain your fingers

Step 3. Make three thin cuts in the middle, top and bottom

Cut the center first and advance making two cuts less than an inch from the top and bottom. Go a little deeper than the husk, but be careful not to cut the seeds. The fruit will still be whole after the cuts.

Step 4. Tear off or cut the top and bottom of the fruit

You should still be able to get the top and bottom as the caps off. Then dispose of them in the trash or for composting. Seeds must be visible. If this is not the case, pull out any pulp that is still obstructing them.

At the top, a portion of the chalice (name given to the stem or crown) is perhaps still housed in the fruit. Just remove it carefully

Step 5. Turn the pomegranate over leaving the cut sides out and cut it again

Make the same clear cuts as before. Be careful not to dig all the way through the fruit, or the seeds will end up cut off.

This makes it easier for you to undo the pomegranate to eat it

Step 6. Roll the pomegranate to the other side and make a shallow cut

As before, the cut should only penetrate the rind of the fruit. Do not press the knife to the point of going through it.

At this point, the pomegranate will be exposed at the top and bottom and, in addition, will have five shallow cuts in its skin

Step 7. Use your fingers to open the pomegranate

Stick your thumbs in the center cut and separate the fruit into halves. Then push them into the other two shallow cuts and separate the slices. This creates several small pieces of pomegranate to be enjoyed.

You'll find lots of tasty seeds inside these pomegranate servings

Method 3 of 4: Soaking it in Water for Seed Removal

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Step 1. Fill a large bowl with fresh drinking water

Use clean water as you will be consuming the pomegranate seeds. Add enough to cover both halves.

Step 2. Make a shallow cut on the side of the pomegranate

No need to cut the top or bottom if you just want to remove the seeds. Just make a thin cut in the husk - don't go too deeply or cut the seeds.

Step 3. Use your fingers to separate the pomegranate into halves

Stick your thumbs into the side of the pomegranate and gently pull it apart. The sides should be about the same size, but it's okay if they don't.

Removing the seeds will be easier if the halves are the same


If you want to get the seeds out faster, make two additional shallow lines on the fruit, then separate the pomegranate into four parts. This exposes more of your surface area, making removal easier.

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Step 4. Put both halves in water

After soaking for a few minutes, you will begin to see the white portions of the pomegranate, called the pith, float. That way the seeds will come out.

Step 5. Use your fingers to release the seeds if they get stuck

The white marrow will float, while the seeds will sink. When most of them are gone, you'll be able to invert the shell to remove the remaining ones. When finished, you'll be left with only the carcass of the fruit, like two inverted caps.

It may be necessary to pull some seeds from the marrow if they are stuck

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Step 6. Strain the pomegranate seeds into a bowl

Remove the husk and white marrow and put these residues in the trash can or compost. Then slowly pour the water and seeds into a kitchen strainer. He will collect them and you can put them in a bowl for consumption.

Method 4 of 4: Removing Them With A Wooden Spoon

Step 1. Make a flat cut on the side of the pomegranate

Use a knife to just lightly go through the bark. Don't go too deep, or you'll end up cutting the seeds.

Step 2. Use your thumbs to separate the pomegranate into halves

Thread your thumbs through the cut and separate the pomegranate. This will leave you with two separate halves of approximately equal size.

It's okay that they're not completely identical. However, if one of them is too big it might be better to split it again. Just cut the shell and perform the separation. This facilitates the extraction of seeds

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Step 3. Place one half with the seeds facing down in a bowl

Hold the pomegranate sideways or steady it with the palm of your hand. Place it on a medium or large bowl large enough to collect them when they fall.

Step 4. Beat the pomegranate peel with a wooden spoon

This will help get them out of the fruit and into the bowl. Continue to beat it until all the seeds have been extracted.

When you finish one half, repeat the process to extract the seeds from the other


When hitting the pomegranate, a little juice may come out. It is important to know that it can stain fabrics and surfaces.


  • Pomegranates can easily stain anything the juice touches. Wear appropriate clothing or gloves when handling this fruit.
  • Be careful when handling a knife.

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